these month we are hosting three successful female leader, Fawzi Haji Yusuf the former Minister of foreign affairs and first deputy prime minister of Somalia who also used to run a TV station in Hargeisa, Daruuro is a famous Somali entrepreneur based in Dubai and Mogadishu she is well know for her jewelry business, and the Former minister of commerce Khadra Duale. these three successful female leaders will be on a panel talking about their life journey as leaders and we will also have female entrepreneurs who will showcase their business at the event
Former ministry of commerce and trade
Somali Gender Equity Movement
Ms. Dualeh held various managerial, technical and developmental posts at high profile organizations, such the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Scholarship Fund, Phelps-Stokes Fund, Fund for Peace, Washington, DC; New York University, College Board, University of Arizona and finally at Carnegie Mellon University in Doha, Qatar.
Ms. Dualeh has always been a prominent activist and a tireless worker for the interest of Somalis in the diaspora and has keenly followed and often participated in many programs and projects designed to assist her brethren in Somalia.
Ms. Dualeh returned to Somalia for good in the hopeful days after the election of President Hassan Sheikh Ahmed in 2012 ready to contribute to the resurrection of Somalia as a viable and prosperous state. Her first post was as a Chief of Staff to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. From there she moved to the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs as senior advisor to the Minister. Ms. Dualeh was the Director-General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Planning and established the National Authorizing Office. She was also the first Somali woman to head the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
the Founder & Chairwoman of Somali Gender Equity Movement (SGEM), a global movement that advocates for and promotes women’s social and economic justice, and political equity in the public decision making arena. As a Project Director, she led the revival of The National Library initiative in Mogadishu, Somalia. In 2007-2012, Zainab was a Program Officer for The Minneapolis Foundation (TMF), the second oldest community foundation in the United States, and she is the first ethnic Somali to work for TMF. She led the Foundation’s strategic focus areas of Transform Education, and Capital grants of the community grantmaking. Zainab was also the chairwomen of Pan Somali Council for peace and Democracy known as Israaca (the largest organization for Somali intellectuals in the Diaspora at the time). Zainab has more than twenty years of professional work experience in public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.
As a writer and poet, Zainab is the first ethnic Somali, and female featured in The Library of Congress’ African Poet and Writers Event. Zainab is a human rights and social justice advocate previously in the Somali diaspora civil society, Zainab also has been an active member of the African diaspora philanthropy, and has been a member of the African Women's Development Fund USA Minnesota Network, and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network Founding Member. Zainab also served the Steering Committee of HOPE – Horn of Africa Peace Engagement, a group promoting peace, integration and economic prosperity and empowering young people to contribute to peaceful co-existence in the region. She also has served several advisory boards and committees for local, national and international organizations.
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